Career Development Opportunities

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Public / Private Sector Opportunities

POSITION: Mosquito Research/Control Coordinator, Kauai

DESCRIPTION: Leads planning, organization, and deployment of landscape level mosquito control on Kauai for the benefit of native wildlife. Guides, implements, and manages all project activities including research, conservation management, field work and logistics, budget tracking, regulatory compliance. Liaises with partners to monitor and implement impact abatement, control of introduced species and/or habitat restoration in study areas. Provides oversight, instruction, and guidance for a team of up to ten (10) members (including staff, interns, and volunteers). Produces annual work plans and reports for submission.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Biological Sciences, Resource Management, Planning, or related field (Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university and at least two (2) years of independent research in conservation of endangered avian species may substitute for a Master’s Degree).
  • Three to five (3-5) years of experience conducting biological research, entomology, invasive species management, or conservation management. Experience includes one to two (1-2) years of supervisory or team oversight/leading experience.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (May 28th, 11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to rcuh_recruitment@rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872.

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POSITION: State Public Health Veterinarian, Connecticut Department of Public Health

DESCRIPTION:The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH), is currently seeking enthusiastic and driven candidates to apply for the position of State Public Health Veterinarian in the DPH Infectious Diseases (ID) Section to serve as the Department’s subject matter expert on zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. This position will oversee the staff in the Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program (EEIP) as well as the Respiratory Viral Disease Unit. This includes oversight of zoonotic and vector-borne disease activities in the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) and Emerging Infections Program (EIP) cooperative agreements with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which are critical funding sources for the Infectious Disease Section. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Infectious Diseases, who is also the Deputy State Epidemiologist. The State Public Health Veterinarian will be involved in overseeing surveillance activities for the majority of the diseases the Infectious Disease Section is responsible for and will play an integral role in outbreak prevention, control and response for a wide variety of diseases such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis, highly pathogenic avian influenza, tickborne diseases and foodborne diseases.

QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree with a license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Connecticut. Professional veterinary medical experience with progressive experience in public health or veterinary medicine with a focus on One-Health.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply online using the link below.

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POSITION: Biologist Trainee, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Office of Mosquito Control Coordination

DESCRIPTION: Learn to assist Assistant, Senior, and Principal Biologists within the program. Responsibilities include activities surrounding the delivery of State Mosquito Control Commission services to county mosquito control programs. This could be related to the water management program, aerial spraying program, equipment use program, biological control program, and/or the mosquito and arbovirus surveillance programs. State oversight with respect to permitted activities will be included. 35-hour work week, salary (P95) $52,513.

QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree including or supplemented by twenty four (24)semester hour credits in the biological sciences. A firm grasp on biology, entomology, environmental science, and/or pest control principles. Any experience with insect identification, mosquito surveillance, mosquito trapping, mosquito control activities, insecticide application and or arbovirus epidemiology, teaching/training would be meaningful skills to build upon.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply by May 31, 2024. Submit Letter of Interest, Resume, Unofficial Transcripts (if college degree is required), and the Personal Relationship Disclosure Statement by 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.

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Academic Opportunities

POSITION: Director, Center for Vector-Borne & Zoonotic Diseases, Texas Tech University

DESCRIPTION: The Center for Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases at Texas Tech University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, tenured, professor to begin as early as August 2024. The director will provide foundational leadership and administrative guidance for the establishment, growth, and long-term success of the center. Efforts will include: Recruiting new faculty to the university; recruiting current Texas Tech faculty to the center; Liaising with federal, state, and private agencies/entities that sponsor basic and applied resesarch related to arthropod-vectorered and zoonotic diseases; Maintaining individual research projects and scholarly accomplishments.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a related field is required. A successful record of teaching at the graduate course level, as well as mentoring and advising graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. An established record of peer-reviewed publications and external funding for research directly relevant to arthropod vectors, the zoonotic pathogens they may transmit, avian and mammalian reservoir hosts of relevant pathogens or their influence on human, veterinary and environmental health. Experience and a successful track record relative to administrative leadership, collaborative research and professional service at the national and international level.

HOW TO APPLY: Visit texastech.edu/careers and search for 36924BR under faculty positions.

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POSITION: PhD Graduate Apprenticeship, Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware

DESCRIPTION: The graduate assistant will work under the supervision of Vincenzo Ellis on projects associated with the CDC funded VectorED Network: 1) molecular barcoding of mosquito species and 2) evaluation of a rodent baited vaccine against the Lyme disease pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi. Duties will include field work (trapping and identifying mosquitos, dragging for and identifying ticks), molecular lab work, bioinformatics, data analysis, and writing.

QUALIFICATIONS: B.A. or B.S. and MSc. in biology, ecology, evolution, entomology or related fields.

HOW TO APPLY: Contact: Vincenzo Ellis, vaellis@udel.edu

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Internship, Fellowships, & Postdoctoral Positions

POSITION: Vector-Borne Disease Fellowship Opportunity, Tennessee Department of Health

DESCRIPTION: The Tennessee Department of Health Vector-Borne Diseases (VBD) Program in collaboration with the Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases at the University of Florida, is seeking degreed applicants interested in furthering their training in Vector-Borne Diseases while working collaboratively with CDC, state health departments and universities in the southeastern region of the U.S. Topics will include tick and mosquito surveillance and pathogen testing, tick control studies in the field, surveillance, and response to VBD clusters and identification of imported cases of significance. These projects will contribute to understanding, monitoring, and preventing Lyme disease, spotted fever rickettsioses, ehrlichiosis, West Nile, La Crosse encephalitis, and many other vector-borne diseases.

QUALIFICATIONS: US citizen or permanent resident. Graduated from a Masters degree program in entomology, biology, public health, or related field. Experience and/or strong interest in infectious disease, especially vector-borne diseases. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent attention to detail.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications due May 17, 2024. Online application includes undergraduate and graduate transcripts, completed interest and experience survey, written narrative to application, resume/CV, and 1-3 letters of recommendation.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Position, Mosquito Ecology, University of California Davis

DESCRIPTION: The Vector Genetics Laboratory (VGL) at the University of California, Davis is seeking applications for a postdoctoral research scholar position in the area of MOSQUITO ECOLOGY. The VGL is dedicated to research and training in the areas of population & molecular genetics, genomics and bioinformatics of insect vectors of human and animal disease. The Mosquito Ecology post-doc will be part of a project that is focused on the ecology and genetics of populations of the primary malaria vector, Anopheles coluzzii and species with which this mosquito interacts on São Tomé and Príncipe islands. The goal of the ecology project is to assess the impact of introducing genetically engineered An. coluzzii both on natural populations of this species as well as potential impacts on non-target species with which An. coluzzii may interact.

QUALIFICATIONS: (i) quantitative methods in ecology, (ii) experience in conducting field work, (iii) leading field collection teams, (iii) the application of genetic markers for species identification, insecticide resistance genes, blood-meal analysis, etc. The post-doc filling this position should be willing to work as part of an interdisciplinary team and should have experience or interest in one or more of the following: landscape ecology/genetics, island biogeography, population genomics, bioinformatics, and/or mathematical modeling. Support is available for 2 years, starting not later than May 20, 2024.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Please e-mail cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, resume and the names and contact information for three references to Christine Coleman cmhandy@ucdavis.edu with the subject line “Ag02-Mosquito Ecology”. This position will remain open until filled, but candidates able to start on or before May 20, 2024 will be given preference.

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POSITION: Graduate Positions (PhD), Texas Tech University

DESCRIPTION: The Brelsfoard and McMillan labs at Texas Tech University’s Department of Biology Sciences are actively recruiting up to two PhD level graduate students for Fall 2024 enrollment with interests in medical entomology and/or vector-borne disease eco-epidemiology. Both the Brelsfoard and McMillan labs use a combination of molecular, field-based, and computational tools to address novel questions focused on mosquito and tick-based ecology, biology, and pathogen interactions. Students would be affiliated with the Rockies and High Plains Training and Evaluation Center for Vector-Borne Diseases and have the opportunity to receive targeted training in medical entomology, pursue basic and applied projects related to the epidemiology and control of vector-borne disease threats, and network amongst a growing network of academic and professional public health institutions in the Rockies and High Plains region.

QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to those with experience (either through education, research, or professional) with vector systems of any type.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested parties are encouraged to contact either Dr. Corey Brelsfoard (corey.brelsfoard@ttu.edu) or Dr. Joseph McMillan (josmcmil@ttu.edu). Please include a CV or resume, available transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and names and contacts of 2-3 referees. Research assistantships will be fully funded via a graduate school fellowship and external funding.

Seasonal & Temporary Positions

POSITION: Field and Lab Intern, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

DESCRIPTION: The Pioneer Valley Mosquito Control District (PVMCD) is currently seeking qualified intern(s) who are eager to obtain valuable work experience in the fields of public health and epidemiology. As part of the PVMCD team, interns will have the opportunity to engage in diverse tasks, including fieldwork, data analysis, and research projects. They will work closely with the Director and Entomologist to gain insights into disease dynamics relating to the spread of arboviruses throughout the region and the transmission cycles. This hands-on experience will provide interns with a comprehensive understanding of the complex interactions between vector-borne diseases and their ecological contexts, helping them to prepare for future endeavors in public health and epidemiology.

QUALIFICATIONS: This position is for an academic internship; therefore, candidates must be currently enrolled in a college program. Preferred qualifications include: completed coursework in biology, public health, and epidemiology; understanding of basic mosquito biology and habitat selection; ability to communicate effectively and at a professional level with municipal officials when needed; excellent organizational skills; strong writing, communication, and analytical skills; and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly with Excel and the use of CSV files.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply online using the link below. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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POSITION: Student Research Assistant, Vector Ecology Laboratory, NYSDOH

DESCRIPTION: The Vector Ecology Laboratory in the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Communicable Disease Control is hiring a Student Research Assistant to assist with tick and tick-borne pathogen surveillance and research. The position is located in Albany, NY, and is full-time (37.5 hours/week) during the summer (up to 12 weeks) and flexible part-time (up to 20 hours/week) during the academic year. Specific duties include: assisting Department research staff in collecting, sorting, and identifying tick specimens from public parks and nature preserves; assisting in the preparation and processing of specimens for molecular testing to detect tick-borne pathogens; assisting with data entry, tabulation and analysis of field and laboratory data.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must be a matriculated undergraduate or graduate college student. Documentation of current matriculation and enrollment in the current semester must be submitted with your resume.

HOW TO APPLY: The job posting on the State Jobs NY website is general and applies to several available student positions within the Office of Public Health, all located in Albany, NY. Applicants should submit their resume and cover letter expressing interest the BCDC Vector Ecology Laboratory student position, preferably in PDF format, by email to recruit@health.ny.gov, with Reference code ER/SA/07037-32386/OPH included in the subject line or by mail to Human Resources Management Group, ER/SA/07037-32386/OPH, Rm 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237-0012, or by fax to (518) 473-3395. Applications due June 3, 2024.

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Multiple Seasonal Research Assistant positions available: Department of Entomology and Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

  • Laboratory Research Assistants- Mosquito and Virus Testing (2 positions)
  • Laboratory Research Assistants- Mosquito Identification and Colony Maintenance (5 positions)
  • Field Research Assistants- Mosquito Trapping and Surveillance (7 positions)

See detailed descriptions in link below.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: To apply, interested candidates should submit (email preferred): (1) a cover letter indicating interest in the position, (2) resume, (3) college transcripts (unofficial copies are ok), and (4) names and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. Philip Armstrong, Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington St., New Haven, CT 06511. Phone 203-974-8510; FAX 203-974-8502; e-mail: philip.armstrong@ct.gov

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

eCornell Online Program in the Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program on the biology of arthropods — both insects and related forms — that impact human health. You will explore the fascinating biology, behaviors, and disease-transmission processes of a range of organisms, with special emphasis on the most important groups, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will also learn about specific diseases associated with these vectors that can be passed on to humans. The course is appropriate for those working in healthcare and vector-borne disease control, those who train and supervise outdoor workers, and will also be useful for students of vector biology who may not have access to other courses on this topic. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available. This course has been approved for 28 contact hours of continuing education with the National Environmental Health Association.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available. This course has been approved for 28 contact hours of continuing education with the National Environmental Health Association.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules

The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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American Mosquito Control Association Integrated Mosquito Management

To help train the nation’s vector control work force on the principles of Integrated Mosquito Management and how to execute data-driven mosquito control, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded the AMCA to create a virtual training program. This program consists of 13 modules created and instructed by 24 different experts located throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Australia. Each module contains a reading from the AMCA’s Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management manual, a focused video on the topic between 13-33 minutes long, and a 10-question quiz covering both the reading and lecture. After completing the training program, a student may choose to take a 100-question, comprehensive exam to earn a certificate recognizing their accomplishment.

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Certification in Public Health Entomology

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.

Lyme Disease CME Tickborne Disease Videos Rocky Mountain spotted fever Toolkit Diagnosis and Treatment of Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis Viral Tickborne Disease Training Diagnosis & Management of WNV


Entomological Society of America Certification Programs

The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
  • Public Health Entomologist (PHE) Certificate - program for pest management professionals who work with pests that pose a health risk

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Entomological Society of America Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Entomology: Are you looking for tools and training to make yourself stand out as you look for the next step in your career? ESA’s new Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative will help you develop the leadership capacity and “soft skills” sought after in today’s highly collaborative work environments—both within and beyond academia.

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EPA Integrated Pest Management Webinars

The EPA Center for Integrated Pest Management hosts a yearly webinar series featuring experts from across the country relaying educational and practical strategies for establishing and improving integrated pest management programs in your facilities and environments.

Upcoming Webinars Previous Webinars


Global Vector Hub: Directory of Medical Entomology Courses

TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.

Follow the link below to gain access to the directory. Please register on Global Vector Hub.

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Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

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NACCHO’s Practical Guide to Building Local Mosquito Control Capacity

The National Association of County and City Health Officials and its vector control workgroup members identified the need for a focused, practical guide to help local health departments build new local mosquito control programs or enhance existing capabilities in the core competencies.

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NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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Online Tick Training Course

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs.

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Pesticide Safety Education Program, Distance Learning Center

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program (CCE-PSEP), is a federally-mandated program that has been a nationally-recognized leader in pesticide safety education for over 40 years. Their mission is to promote the safe use of pesticides to help reduce risks to applicators, consumers, and the environment. PSEP provides pesticide certification and training throughout New York state and serves as an unbiased source of pesticide information for applicators, researchers and the general public.These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.

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Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)

A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Additional Career Websites

American Mosquito Control Association

AMCA Careers


American Public Health Association

APHA Jobs


American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

ASTMH Career Center


Entomological Society of America

ESA Job Site


Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California

MVCAC Jobs & RFPs


National Association of County and City Health Officials

NACCHO Career Network


New Jersey Mosquito Control Association

NJMCA Job Announcements


Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

PacVec Jobs SEVBD Jobs


Society for Vector Ecology

SOVE Opportunities


Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board

TAMU Ento Jobs

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